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In figures: Latin America's prisons
Human rights groups are warning of a crisis in Latin America's overcrowded jails, where riots and violence are on the rise. They say tens of thousands of inmates - many of them imprisoned without sentence for year - are living in deteriorating conditions.

Below are key statistics compiled mainly by the Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Delinquency - Ilanud - over the last decade.

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Latin America's prisons
Prison
population
Inmates per
100,000 inhabitants
Jail occupancy
level %
Prisoners without
sentence %
Brazil 194074 137 132 56
Mexico 139707 153 126 42
Argentina* 62500 84 na 62
Colombia 57068 156 136 41
Chile 30852 212 141 40
Peru 27452 103 138 67
Venezuela 21342 98 113 59
Honduras 10869 174 209 79
Ecuador 8520 59 115 70
Panama 8517 335 137 24
Bolivia 8315 97 162 55
Guatemala 8139 na 113 59
Nicaragua 7198 153 104 31
El Salvador 6868 158 167 50
Costa Rica 6650 176 110 24
Paraguay 4088 76 151 93
Uruguay 4012 166 151 72
SOURCE:Ilanud 1992-2002. *Argentine government, 2005
Latin America's prisons
Prison
population
Inmates per
100,000 inhabitants
Jail occupancy
level %
Prisoners without
sentence %
Panama 8517 335 137 24
Chile 30852 212 141 40
Costa Rica 6650 176 110 24
Honduras 10869 174 209 79
Uruguay 4012 166 151 72
El Salvador 6868 158 167 50
Colombia 57068 156 136 41
Mexico 139707 153 126 42
Nicaragua 7198 153 104 31
Brazil 194074 137 132 56
Peru 27452 103 138 67
Venezuela 21342 98 113 59
Bolivia 8315 97 162 55
Argentina* 62500 84 na 62
Paraguay 4088 76 151 93
Ecuador 8520 59 115 70
Guatemala 8139 na 113 59
SOURCE:Ilanud 1992-2002. *Argentine government, 2005
Latin America's prisons
Prison
population
Inmates per
100,000 inhabitants
Jail occupancy
level %
Prisoners without
sentence %
Honduras 10869 174 209 79
El Salvador 6868 158 167 50
Bolivia 8315 97 162 55
Paraguay 4088 76 151 93
Uruguay 4012 166 151 72
Chile 30852 212 141 40
Peru 27452 103 138 67
Panama 8517 335 137 24
Colombia 57068 156 136 41
Brazil 194074 137 132 56
Mexico 139707 153 126 42
Ecuador 8520 59 115 70
Venezuela 21342 98 113 59
Guatemala 8139 na 113 59
Costa Rica 6650 176 110 24
Nicaragua 7198 153 104 31
Argentina* 62500 84 na 62
SOURCE:Ilanud 1992-2002. *Argentine government, 2005
Latin America's prisons
Prison
population
Inmates per
100,000 inhabitants
Jail occupancy
level %
Prisoners without
sentence %
Paraguay 4088 76 151 93
Honduras 10869 174 209 79
Uruguay 4012 166 151 72
Ecuador 8520 59 115 70
Peru 27452 103 138 67
Argentina* 62500 84 na 62
Venezuela 21342 98 113 59
Guatemala 8139 na 113 59
Brazil 194074 137 132 56
Bolivia 8315 97 162 55
El Salvador 6868 158 167 50
Mexico 139707 153 126 42
Colombia 57068 156 136 41
Chile 30852 212 141 40
Nicaragua 7198 153 104 31
Panama 8517 335 137 24
Costa Rica 6650 176 110 24
SOURCE:Ilanud 1992-2002. *Argentine government, 2005




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